Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Poets' Death Masks (Slideshow)

Here's a strange "poetry subject" but interesting enough to share!

While I was doing the research for an article on Victorian photography, post mortem photos, and related customs, I came across photographs of death masks that included some famous poets.

While our modern sensibilities might find these objects morbid, I found myself looking at the images with a kind of reverence and fascination for the final "impressions" of poets whom we "know" today by their works. Click the arrow below to see a few.

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